Leaders Who Focus on People, Not Just Ideas

John ArmstrongFriendship, Leadership, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church11 Comments

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who is best known as the author of 39 books about spirituality. Nouwen studied psychology and theology and has had a profoundly human way of making spirituality come alive for many people, including a large number of evangelical Protestants. He taught at Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School and then Harvard … Read More

Creating Out of a Deep Sense of the Transcendent

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future4 Comments

Author Robert Fritz, in his book The Path of Least Resistance, offers what the publisher calls “a revolutionary program for creating anything, from a functional kitchen to a computer program, to a work of art.” Fritz demonstrates that all of us have the innate power to create. Until I read his book I would have seriously doubted this particular claim … Read More

Why Should We Create? The Musings of a Missional-Ecumenist Filled with Hope

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future9 Comments

I’ve been attempting, over the last few days, to show how important it is to develop the ability to create as a pattern of life rather than simply living as a problem solver. This is particularly true with regard to my big, audacious, imaginative, and Spirit-driven, vision of missional-ecumenism. How can the church in general, and church leaders in particular, … Read More

The Steps to Creativity Are Observable and Can be Learned

John ArmstrongACT 3, Culture, Current Affairs, Leadership, Missional Church, Personal, The Church, The Future13 Comments

Robert Fritz, whose book The Path of Least Resistance I’ve drawing offering insights from over the last few days, has several others published titles to his name. One title, which sounds like a seventeenth-century one, tells you everything about his central thesis. This book is called: A Short Course in Creating What you Always Wanted to But Couldn’t Because Nobody … Read More

Why Missional-Ecumenism Needs Creativity Not Problem Solving

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

Robert Fritz (b. 1943) divides his book on becoming a creative thinker, The Path of Least Resistance, into two parts. Part One deals with fundamental principles. Part Two with the creative process itself. Fritz’s central argument is that most people can “learn to create.” Given the words of the first of the two creation narratives in Genesis this point is, … Read More

Living Systems That Are Lean – Learning to Cooperate and Do Mission Together in the Kingdom of God

John ArmstrongACT 3, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, The Church5 Comments

Lean manufacturing, lean enterprise, or lean production, often simply called “Lean,”  is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, “value” is defined as any action or process … Read More

We Must Equip Servants of the Gospel

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Gospel/Good News, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future6 Comments

God’s “mission” is to lead the church to corporately spread the good news of the kingdom of Jesus through both deed and word. Seminaries that understand this goal will seek to adjust their curriculum and goals accordingly. Simply put both Northern and Biblical, two seminaries I have looked at the past few days, believe that they exist to gather and … Read More

Seminaries – The “Seed Beds” Of Missional Transformation?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church History, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, The Church6 Comments

The root meaning of the word seminary is “seed bed.” This metaphor helps me grasp what a good seminary is and what it should seek to become as times change and the church faces new challenges to the kingdom of God. Seminaries exist to serve the church and, by extension, the world. They exist for mission. The first seminaries were … Read More

The Missional Paradigm and Effective Seminary Education

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future7 Comments

Last week I wrote several blogs on the state of theological education in North America. I suggested that seminaries need to adjust their mission to the rapidly changing context of the church in twenty-first century America. I further suggested that we need to teach theology and mission as integrated topics, not as separate or unrelated academic disciplines. This story, told … Read More

ACT3: Where It Began and Where We Believe God is Leading Us

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

I am often asked, “When and how did you first get the idea to launch a mission like ACT3?” I could go back to my childhood, at least on one level, but I think the most accurate answer is to go back to the year 1981. That was the year I began what we called: “The Whitefield Ministerial Fellowship.” This … Read More